Well to start with I must stress that I?m a proud owner of an Ipod, this is and will be for a good time my primary mp3 player but recently I was able to get my hands on this device for a little time, so I?ll let you good people in on the battle that is Archos Jukebox Vs Ipod MP3 Explanation (I always include this just for those who like me used to get confused with "computer speak") For those of you who do not fully understand the full concepts of mp3s, in simple terms it?s just a smaller version of the same song (compressed). These mp3s are often downloaded from such programs as Kazaa or Audio Galaxy, although I would not promote music piracy of course. Style / Look The player itself is slightly larger and bulkier then most standard mp3 players and to be honest can feel a bit brick like in a shirt or trouser pocket. However the player itself has a silver finish with blue supports, nice but no Ipod. It features a large backlit LCD screen which displays track info, play lists, functions etc. Also it features very large user friendly buttons, perhaps my favourite part of the player as with others I have found myself the wrong button or even 2 at once. The size itself isn?t huge and can still quite easily fit in your palm (and pocket at a bit more of a push) but just doesn?t compare to some of the stick players out there these days. Capacity This player features a 20 gig hard drive, which is quite impressive and will allow you to hold 5000-6500 songs depending on the quality of the audio. I don?t know about you but that?s all my cd collection and space spare. Also The Archos can be used to store data files, video files and pictures files unlike the Ipod. This will allow you to use the hard drive to transfer these files from computer to laptop or take them with you wherever you want. Software and Transferring Files The Archos uses USB 2 which is basically a wire that plugs from your player to the back
of your computer and allows you to transfer songs form the computer to the player at amazing speeds, literally a few seconds for each song. Moving songs can be done in a variety of ways, using the Music Match software provided or simply dragging and dropping files over (as the Archos hard drive registers as a removable drive under the my computer window). The software is easy and fast to use, all it requires is very basic computer knowledge, and so everyone on Ciao should be fine. Functions Songs can be arranged in play lists (orders depending on genre, length, band or just the order you want them to play) thus saving you time having to flick through searching for the song you desire, however this can be quite tedious but beneficial once done once. As I have already said the player can be used to transfer picture video and date files from computer to computer. Battery As with most players the battery is said to last up to 10 hours+ but I found it running out between 7-8 hours. This is still pretty good if your just going to take it out with you on day trips but I would most definitely advise rechargeable batteries as if not you?ll end up spending way too much having to replace batteries weekly. Accessories The headphones supplied are average but at least there not as obvious as the shining white Ipod ones, which basically say "Mug Me I Have An Ipod". I would advise buying a new set if you want optimal performance out of your player, check out my op on Sony MDR Q33LP, if you want my favourite choice. Price It really is worth shopping around for this as I?ve heard from friends ranging between £250-£350. Pretty good price considering a 20 gig Ipod will set you back about £300. Overall Good player, good sound quality, large memory, but not as good-looking or functional as the Ipod. The Ipod still reigns supreme!!
The Archos Jukebox 20 is a monster, both to look upon, and to hold. The utterly ironic 'Think Smaller' slogan that scrolls across the packaging is laughable. This MP3 player is simply too big to carry around comfortably. never mind putting this thing in your pocket, you would be as well going out and buying a good old-fashioned CD player - it would take up less room! Performance-wise, it's not that hot either. Not being terribly PC literate, I had great trouble installing the player to my computer. Moreover, once it was finally installed, the thing wouldn't permit me to download any files onto the actual player, but only onto my new musicmatch file instead. I should press that this was not happening because I'm bad with technology, but because the instructions were, to put it bluntly, quite crap. On top of this, when I finally managed to get some files downloaded (many hours later), I was informed by my computer than in order to continue downloading, or even to transfer CD tracks to the player, I would have to upgrade. So, although annoyed by now, I upgraded away, only to find that the upgrade would now not let me download any files at all, which meant re-installing the whole thing again. Now, maybe this was all my fault, but I don't advise you to take the chance. Instead, buy something smaller and more attractive that is also easier to use. For around 250 quid, this product is a rip-off. if you're still not convinced as to why you shouldn't buy this product, reasons are: (1) It takes hours to charge but loses the battery power about three times as fast, meaning it feels like you are constantly charging the thing. (2) It's one ugly MP3 player (3) It's too heavy and large to carry around, you'd need a bag, which kind of defies the whole aim of MP3 players, which are supposed to be compact enough to hold in your pocket (4) Crap instructions (5) Hard to use unless your a computer genius <
br>On the whole, this product is shoddy and annoying!
I have recently sold my Archos Jukebox 20 gig model after some 8 months of use and although it was kind of sad to say goodbye to the product it was for the best. I am new to Dooyoo hence the reason I did not write this review when I first owned the product. I had pondered for some time over a device of this nature. I am a real gadget freak and it took a while for me to make a decision. There were a few to choose from. Ipod, a couple from creative labs and this from Archos. I opted for this because at the time of purchase I was a PC user and the product was compatible with my software program of choice Musicmatch. The other factor was the cost. £249 for 20 gig was not bad. The initial Jukebox I received had a Hard Drive fault, the second one I received a Hard Drive fault until finally third time lucky we had success. The problems encountered with the first two were frustrating and so were the two telephone calls I made to Archos support. Who advised me to re-format the hard drive even though I explained at the start this would not be possible as the player would not boot up. After a long silence of around 60 seconds they told me on both calls to return the product. The player comes with a maunal which states to contact Archos 'expert' technical support helpline in cases of trouble. Should you have to do this I wish you more success than I had. Lets not focus on negatives for the moment though we can get back to them later. The product is quite good. The sound quality is very good and one excellent feature is that the Jukebox supports MP3pro format. If you encode Mp3 using this format they are only 64kps but offer the sound quality of 128kps encoding. This can drastically improve storage capacity. Musicmatch which is included will encode in this format. All players support this format but some will only play the file back at 64kps while archos supports it at 128kps Getting tracks to the player is quite straightforward as M
usicmatch has an Archos plug in which allows direct transfer to a 'portable device; This can also be done via copying and pasting files directly from your hard drive as the Archos appears as a mass storage device under drive E or F. This may vary depending on how your system is set up. The model I had was usb1 and usb2 compatible which meant faster transfer if your PC is usb2 compatible. If you were transferring around 10 gig via usb 1it would take at least 5hrs. The usb2 connection would do the same in under 30mins. Even when I made the switch to the Mac I used the Jukebox and it was plug and play. Itunes though does not support Archos so you had to manually copy and paste the files to the player. Organising the tracks on the player is a more complicated process as when importing them on the PC using Musicmatch it stores the files in alphabetic order. You have to create folders for the type of music you have. I had folders for house, jazz, soul etc then they were broken down to album listings. Within each folder I then had a seperate sub folder which contained playlists for all the albums so it would play in the correct order. This is a time consuming process if you want to do it correctly and made me realise that I should get out from time to time and get a life. If you use the tagging facility in Musicmatch the Archos jukebox is compatible with the ID3 tagging so full details can be displayed. The sound from the player was very good although again with most portable products the headphones supplied were absolute rubbish and an upgrade is essential. It came with a handy carry case and ac adaptor. On a full charge the player would run of the internal batteries for around 8.5 hrs which is pretty good. An instruction manual and the Musicmatch software was supplied. If you have ever read a worse instruction manual I would like to hear about it. The other drawback is the size of the player. The specs will say it is a pocket size player but it fe
els like a brick in your pocket. It would be great for taking on holiday hooked to speakers for personal listening while indoors but while out and about it was not very practical. The build quality seemed a little suspect as well. This was one of the few products I never dropped and I'm very glad for that. It was quite easy to use and you were able to scroll through the menus while playing songs. You could also create playlists on the player itself rather than using the PC. This is a boring process though. The player also has line-in record capabilities which is great if recording from other sources. The quality of the recordings from say vinyl was very good indeed. The player was also let down by a tiny unsophiscated green screen. The player is quite big and the LCD screen is about one square inch. A bit more thought could have went into this. All in all I'm not sure if it was £249 well spent. I managed to get back most of this when I sold the product so it was not all bad. I think there are better players available. The Zen Jukebox or the Ipod are certainly more pleasing to the eye but the Archos Jukebox is certainly functional and if you are looking for a product which will allow you to back up your music and other files and take them on the road with you its not all bad. If you are having a few teething difficulties with the unit rather than refer to the poor instruction manual there is an FAQ on the Archos website which is pretty good. I spent many an hour in there. Good luck with this one !!